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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students.  Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.


Job Description

Assistant Director, Residential Life & Student Engagement, Messina College
Office of Student Involvement and Office of Residential Life, Division of Student Affairs

Located on the Brookline Campus, Messina College is the University’s first two-year residential program. The Assistant Director, Residential Life & Student Engagement for Messina College will cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another by reporting to Residential Life and the Office for Student Involvement.

The Assistant Director, Residential Life & Student Engagement is a 12-month live-in position with academic term and summer responsibilities. This includes the administration of one or more Residence Halls, the supervision and development of student staff, oversight of one or more residential facilities, and facilitation of opportunities for student formation.

This position provides oversight and responsibility for the creation, planning, management, and/or execution of community-wide and departmental student programming associated with Messina College and the Office of Student Involvement. As a member of the team, this role collaborates to design and facilitate onboarding of team members including graduate students, student workers, and professional staff.

The Assistant Director, Residential Life & Student Engagement interacts regularly with the administration of Messina College, Dean of Students Office, Boston College Police Department, Custodial Services and Facilities, Office of Student Involvement, the Division of Mission and Ministry, the BAIC, Montserrat Coalition, Dining Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Engagement/Community Building

Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another.
Maintain high visibility and availability, including attending community events, regularly touring the community, and interacting with residents.
Know the residents and provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support and referral.
Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to student needs.
Establishes a student development program in the residential community consistent with the Jesuit values of the University.
Publishes a weekly community-wide newsletter.
Mediates and assists in the resolution of roommate conflicts, including periodic facilitation of room changes.
Is available to students in the Residence Hall on both a formal (office hours) and informal (general visibility) basis.
Student Engagement and Activities

Develop, plan and implement events that appeal to the Brookline Campus study body. Assume responsibility for ensuring a variety of engaging, entertaining and expansive events to meet the social and cultural needs of students.
Collaborate with faculty and staff stakeholders to implement programmatic opportunities.
Serve as the financial, programmatic, and leadership adviser to the Community Leadership Team.
Coordinate, facilitate, and execute regular programming for Brookline campus.
Serve as primary student involvement and engagement representative for the residential student community at Brookline campus.
Promote strategies and programs designed to support the Jesuit Catholic mission of Boston College and positively impact students.
Responsible for aligning processes with OSI and Residential Life that ensure successful, outcome-driven student programming, collaborating in the development and advising of campus-wide programs.
Also responsible for creation of programmatic initiatives and coordinating with campus partners as well as graduate and student staff.
Assists in the implementation of the Residential Life Community Engagement Model, including planning and implementing regular programming.
Monitor and maintain budgetary controls and accountability for various programs.
Support Messina College orientation programming through presentation and attendance.

Regular email communication with residents, families, and campus stakeholders, management of room reservations, program planning, facilities work orders, etc.
Support of departmental committee work and departmental processes.
Assists with the implementation of departmental and divisional goals and objectives.
Responds to students and parents on Residential Life issues including facilities concerns, student conduct concerns, roommate conflicts, and general inquiries related to residential living.
Attends Messina Care Team meetings.
Is responsible for operational management in the assigned area/building.
Facilitates the opening and closing of all Messina College residence halls.
Conducts regular health and safety and damage inspections.
Communicates all maintenance and housekeeping problems to the Facilities and Custodial Services.
Conducts weekly tours and walkthroughs of residential facilities on Messina College Campus.
Provide supervision, direction, evaluation, and leadership to the Graduate Resident Director and Resident Assistants.

Trains and evaluates Graduate Assistant and Resident Assistants.
Participates in the Resident Assistant Selection Process.
Plans and conducts Residence Hall staff meetings on a weekly basis.
Meets with each staff member individually on a bi-weekly basis.
Provide program evaluations and feedback for graduate and student staff.
Serve Messina College crisis response rotation with Graduate Resident Director for Messina (GRD) as the Administrator On-Call (AOC) for Brookline Campus. This includes responding to student emergencies on Brookline Campus for Messina College properties, including physical and emotional/mental health concerns, facilities issues, student conflicts, and students in crisis/distress.

Student Conduct

Acts as an Administrative Hearing Officer, assisting in the coordination of a residentially-based student conduct system, including charging students with alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and/or Conditions of Residency, holding formative conversations with students charged with alleged violations, making determinations of responsibility related to alleged violations, and making determinations around educational and status sanctions for students found responsible.
Ensure appropriate education and support for the Code of Conduct and the judicial processes.
Each staff member in the Division of Student Affairs is expected to support division and university-wide initiatives, staff events, and serve on committees as needed.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $51,850 to $64,800; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



Master’s degree in Counseling, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration or related fields.
One year graduate experience in Residential Life and/or experience as a Residential Assistant. 
One year graduate or professional experience cultivating student engagement and developing student programs.
Experience with multicultural student leadership and programming preferred.
Demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse populations and creating inclusive and belonging work environments.
Ability to respond and manage crisis situations.
Experience at providing academic support services to undergraduate students.
Ability to provide leadership and effective supervision of personnel and programs.
Knowledge and experience with the assessment of student programs.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Understanding and supportive of the Jesuit Catholic mission of Boston College.
Evening and weekend work required.


Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
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Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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